Measuring the Economic Contribution of Cultural Industries

UNESCO Institute of Statistics,
15 January 2013, Canada

In Germany, enterprise from cultural and creative industries represented 7.4% of the value added to the economy in 2009. In Mali the cultural sector contributed 2.38% to the GDP in 2006. However, there are few cross-nationally comparable statistics and methodologies to quantify the effect of these industries at the global level.

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) is establishing new guidelines to measure the economic contribution of culture, especially in the developing world where data and resources are limited. This new report provides an exhaustive literature review of current methodologies before comparing the strengths and weaknesses of several approaches. It is the first edition of a new series of handbooks examining the concepts set out in the 2009 UNESCO Framework for Cultural Statistics.